EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Ruth Koleva Laments a Longing for the Past in Haunting New Single, "Didn't I"

Bulgarian singer-songwriter Ruth Koleva is getting ready to release her second album Confidence. Truth on March 30. Today, she delivers her new single and live video for “Didn’t I,” which beholds a beautiful, yet simple piano accompaniment layered with her ethereal vocals. Koleva really hones in on how we often give in to nostalgia –whether it be past lovers or the places we have been– but when we finally revisit those people or places, it’s never the same as it was before.

Koleva shared her inspiration behind this ballad,

“I wrote ‘Didn’t I’ about nostalgia. Nostalgia on the past, all the times you thought things could’ve been different. It’s that moment, when you look back and think, ‘It was so much better’ and then, you realize that nothing in the present is the same as your projection. I happened to move back to my childhood neighborhood few months back, and ‘Didn’t I get back home?’ was the question I’ve been asking myself ever since. Time changes everything, and the only moment we truly exist is now.”

Her ten-track album Confidence. Truth is burgeoning with amazing featured talent including Ron Avant (Anderson. Paak) on keys, Jameel Bruuner (The Internet) on synths, and Gene Coye (Flying Lotus) on drums. The album is entrenched in a jazz and neo-soul atmosphere, with wistful moods shown through her sublime vocals and nostalgic melodies. Her previously released single, “I Don’t Know Why,” gave the listener a taste of what this album is all about.

The Eastern European singer was born into a post-communist world, thus shaping her into a strong and fearless artist. Having started out in the confines of the Bulgarian music scene, she took the country by storm and her debut album caught the attention of the BG Radio Awards, where she won the top prize in 2014. Since then, she has continued to make big career moves like selling out two major performances in Bulgaria with Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as sharing the stage with Grammy-winning jazz singer Bobby McFerrin. Confidence. Truth reflects on the romanticism of the past, her battle with life’s many road bumps, as well as the excitement of personal evolution and revolution.

Your exclusive stream of “Didn’t I” is below: